Wing Chun: Turn and Face the Change (a bad Wing Chun day)

I’m ready. I’m looking forward to the challenge. Can’t wait to gain new skills. Yesterday’s session was great, but today’s…absolutely terrible. Why is it that our abilities can fluctuate so much? Learning an art isn’t plain sailing; bad training days can shift your focus from that positive appreciation of what you’ve learned, to staring into…

MMA vs. Tai Chi: the story of master Wei Lei and Xu Xiaodong

The two circled sizing one another up. Master Wei Lei looked poised and expert, his hands raised in practiced precision. Xu Xiaodong brought his arms up languidly. Xu Xiaodong was questing, making probing motions as he circled, gauging his opponent. Master Wei Lei moved with care, left arm raised forward just above head height, the…

Wing Chun: Out with the old…

I was standing with the university official. It was just the three of us. I’d been summoned through from the class not understanding quite what was happening. I was a PhD student and my sifu was keen to get himself out of a bit of bother with the university. The question on the official’s mind…

Martial Arts: Show me the Money!

The Wi-Fi router looked good. Its four green glowing buttons declaring its clear proficiency – that’s a considerable number of buttons by anyone’s reckoning. I had been at loggerheads with my flatmate for some months over who should sign up for the broadband. I’d held off. It had been some time since we’d had working…

Karate: School Bully’s Revenge

Everyone knows a made to measure suit is a thing of beauty. It’s fitted exactly to your frame with all the love and care the tailor chooses to give, but sometimes we don’t need bespoke, sometimes we just want to grab a suit off the rail. It’s cheaper, it’s easier and quite frankly who can…